Friday, March 13, 2015

Hazelnut Cake with Vanilla Cream Frosting Recipe

I don't know about you, but I'm always on the lookout for a good birthday cake, that won't take a whole day to make. You know the situation. It's someone's (or your) birthday and you want to make a cake, but the list on your mind immediately skips to some kind of Chocolate Cake. Not saying there is anything wrong with Chocolate Cake. I even have a luscious Chocolate Cake Recipe on this blog as well.

But if you want to mix it up, look no further. This cake has a great hazelnut flavor, is not overly sweet and the vanilla cream that goes inside is heavenly. So here is the recipe, as well as some making of shots.

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Ingredients

For the cake
- 5 eggs (whites and yolks separated)
- 130 gr (2/3 cup) sugar
- 5 tbsp cold water
- 5 tbsp vegetable oil
- 150 gr (1 1/4 cup) all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 100 gr (3/4 cup) hazelnuts (ground, either plain, or roasted and with skins removed)

- 100 ml (1/2 cup) milk
- 1-2 tbsp rum extract

For the Vanilla Cream
- 500 ml (2 cups) whole milk
- 100 gr (3/4 cup) sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract, or vanilla bean paste
- 4 tbsp corn starch
- 100 gr (3/4 cup or 4 ounces) white chocolate
- 70 gr (1/2 cup) hazelnuts (ground, either plain, or roasted and with skins removed)
- 180 gr (3/4 cup) softened unsalted butter

Method

1. Prepare your 24 cm (9 inch) springform tin, by buttering the bottom and sides, then place a round piece of parchment or baking paper on the bottom of the tin, and butter the surface of the paper again with butter.

2. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit

3. Place 5 egg yolks in your standing mixer or a big bowl if you are using a hand mixer, add the sugar and cream for 2 minutes or until thick and creamy. Add the water and oil slowly and mix again.


4. Sift the flower and baking powder and add it spoon by spoon into the eggs and sugar mixture, beating after each addition.


5. After that, add the hazelnuts, also spoonful, by spoonful into the cake batter.

6. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.

7. Lightly fold the beaten egg whites into the cake batter, until combined, and place into your prepared springform tin.

8. Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester, entered into the middle of the cake, comes out clean.


Now let's prepare the vanilla cream. You can use this cream on other cakes as well. It's very delicious!

9. Add the vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste into the milk and stir. Also, add a little bit of that milk to the corn starch and mix it until combined. Set the corn starch mixture aside.


10. Over medium heat, melt the white chocolate, with the milk and vanilla mixture and sugar until melted. Then add the corn starch mixture and whisk continuously until thickened.

11. After the vanilla cream has thickened, add the hazelnuts and stir them in. Cover the surface of your pan with some cling foil that you have put on the surface of the cream (so no skin will form) and let it cool completely.


12. Cream the softened butter for a minute, then add the cooled vanilla cream to the butter, and mix until combined.


13. Once the cake is baked, let it cool completely on a wire rack, and then slice the cake into three layers.

14. Combine the milk and rum mixture. Place the first layer of your cake on your plate or cake stand, and add some of the milk and rum mixture over the layer. Then add the cooled vanilla cream, and top it with the second cake layer, that you will sprinkle with the milk mixture again. I'm not specifying the amounts of milk. Add as much as you like. More milk will make a moist cake.


15. Let it cool in your refrigerator over night or at least for 4 hours.



I really hope you will make this cake, I'm actually snacking on it as I type this down. :)

But also, I want to know, what is your favorite cake for a birthday?


46 comments:

  1. Perfektna kombinacija - ljesnici i vanila krema. Sjajan recept - sretan rodjendan (kome-god-je)!

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    1. Sestri sam pravio :) Hvala!

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  2. Sorry I had to skip over this as I would dearly love a piece however at the moment I am trying to be VERY good. My Mother's chocolate sandwich cake was always delicious. Not as choclatey as most of today's version as she put drinking chocolate in it but it was so moist.

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  3. Das sieht lecker aus. Mein liebster Kuchen ist Schwarzwälder Kirsch oder der Teufelskuchen
    http://facileetbeaugusta.blogspot.com/2015/02/mittwochs-mag-ich-teufelskuchen.html
    Liebe Grüße
    Gusta

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    1. Das schaue ich mir unbedingt an! Danke für den Link!

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  4. Ujj, es schaut super lecker aus, ich würde die Torte mögen. Mein Speichel läuft zusammen. Und natürlich auch schön fotografiert.
    Liebe Grüße

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  5. mmmm you had me at hazelnut! by the way, i love your table!

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  6. The hazelnuts must give it a distinctive flavor. No-one except DH really likes dessert in my family, odd isn't it? We usually settle for cupcakes for birthdays.

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    1. I made some red velvet cupcakes (recipe is on this blog as well), and they were a hit as well. Cupcakes can be very practical. But you can transform this cake into cupcakes as well!

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  7. That hazelnut cake looks so delicious !
    Thanks for sharing the recipe ... :-)
    My favorite birthday cake is chocolate truffle from a local bakery,
    it's a tradition for years now ...
    Have a nice weekend,
    Sylvia

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    1. That cake you mentioned is something I wanted to try for a long time. I need to look it up.

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  8. I am salivating. I love cake of any kind and this one sounds soooooooooooo delicious. Yummy!

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  9. This looks great! Will have to give this a try.

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  10. it is hard to type while drooling on the keyboard. this looks super fantastic for eating and in your photos for looking at also.

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  11. I do agree with Sandra!! The cake looks delicious!! The recipes you share with us are always wonderful, Mersad, going add this one to the list! Hope you have a great weekend!! Enjoy!

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  12. Oh my, that looks so delicious. It reminds me of the wonderful hazelnut cakes in Germany. I never found anything close to it here in the States.

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    1. Belive me, this one's a winner. You should deffinitly add it to your collection.

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  13. It looks just yummy and your shots should be in a magazine. I love the mosaic table; perfect accompaniment to your cake.....

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  14. Sieht superlecker aus Mersad! Du wirst noch total der Foodblogger! Absolutes Potential ;-D! Ach aber tu mir das nie an......ich würde deine Landschaftsbilder so sehr vermissen! GlG Anne

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    1. Meine Reisen und Ausflüge undokumentiert auf diesem Blog zu lassen würde ich nie tuhn, daher musst Du Dir keine sorgen machen. Danke für deinen lieben Komentar.

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  15. The cake looks great and I feel tempted to give it a try! And I love the last photo, the blue
    mosaic background is perfect.

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  16. Yum! This looks like my kinda cake!

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  17. Ooooh, this looks delicious! It could replace my favorite birthday cake which is a Poppy Seed Chiffon Cake with Vanilla Cream.

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    1. I will need to look that up. Thanks for the heads up!

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  18. Looks so good and your food photography is as remarkable as your nature pictures! We are originally from the US State of Oregon, which is where most of the hazelnuts in the US are grown.

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  19. I've been told to back off the sugar intake, but I know I would LOVE this!! :)

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  20. looks very tastefull!!!!
    have a nice weekend Mersad

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  21. This cake looks amazing !! I've always loved the flavor of hazel nuts. A must try. Thanks for sharing !!!!

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  22. This cake looks amazing !! I've always loved the flavor of hazel nuts. A must try. Thanks for sharing !!!!

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  23. Looks good, i love vanilla and hazelnut too
    Thanks for sharing this recipe
    Ciao
    Ste

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  24. Looks and sounds delicious, Mersad! Mmmmm.

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  25. Ditto to all the above! Your photography makes this cake look heavenly!

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  26. It looks delicious and the layers make it extra special. I really would like to make this cake as I prefer one that is not overly sweet.

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  27. looks a very delicious cake.

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  28. Thank you, I'm pinning this for future reference.

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  30. What a beautiful cake......I know it tastes sooo good.
    Here from Mosaic Mon

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  31. Oh my goodness, this looks fabulous!!! And it's my hungry time of day. :-)

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  32. Hello Mersad, your food photography is awesome.. Now, I want a piece of that cake, it looks so yummy.. Thanks for sharing the recipe.. Enjoy your day!

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  33. What an amazing cake...I love hazelnut....I used to make German Chocolate cake with coconut pecan frosting for my birthday

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  34. I knew you were an excellent photographer, but you can bake too Mersad? A delicious looking cake and the background of the blue mosaic table is awesome.
    The second from the bottom photo is how I like to perceive my shots of food/tea but it rarely works out.
    For birthdays I usually make a blueberry coffee cake or Victoria sponge cake.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday.

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  35. This looks light and delicious, Mersad! It makes a very unique Birthday cake. I always chose a strawberry shortcake as my birthday cake :)

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  36. This looks really tasty. I would like to try making one. I'm pretty sure DH would love it. I make him a Black Walnut cake every Christmas, which he is nuts (pardon the pun) over! I think your hazelnut cake would be a good choice to add to my recipe collection.

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